Motorcycle Ride to the Rann of Kutch

A motorcycle ride through the step-wells of ancient Gujarat to the Salt Desert of Kutch

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Ahmedabad - Adalaj-Patan- Modhera- Zainabad

  • 0700 hrs - Breakfast and Depart from Ahmedabad to Adalaj

  • 0800 hrs - Visit Adalaj Stepwell

  • 0900 hrs - Depart to Patan

  • 1200 hrs - Reach Patan and visit Rani ki Vav

  • 1400 hrs - Lunch

  • 1500 hrs - Start towards Modhera 

  • 1630 hrs - Visit Modhera Sun Temple

  • 1800 hrs - Depart Modhera towards Resort

  • 1930 hrs - Reach Resort 

Day 2: Zainabad - Bhuj

  • 0630 hrs - Early Breakfast

  • 0800 hrs - If situations permit, then a ride through the Little Rann of Kutch

  • 1500 hrs - Reach Bhuj

  • 1600 hrs - Local sightseeing in Bhuj

Day 3: Bhuj - Kalo Dungar - Hodka

  • 0630 hrs - Depart early from Bhuj to Kalo Dungar

  • 0900 hrs - Reach Kalo Dungar and visit the Black Hill for a panoramic view

  • 1100 hrs - Depart towards the White Rann

  • 1200 hrs - Reach Dhordho and visit the Rann Utsav

  • 1300 hrs - Lunch at Rann Utsav

  • 1600 hrsr - Night at Hodka for the full moon experience over the Rann

Day 4: Hodka - Lakhpat

  • 0900 hrs - Start towards Lakhpat via the desert road

  • 1300 hrs - Reach Lakhpat Gurudwara

  • 1700 hrs - Take part in the Langar Karseva at the Gurudwara

  • 2000 hrs - Night at the Gurudwara

Day 5: Lakhpat - Mandvi

  • 0900 hrs - Start from Lakhpat

  • 1000 hrs - Reach Narayan Sarovar and visit the temple and sarovar

  • 1200 hrs - Start from Narayan Sarovar towards Mandvi

  • 1700 hrs - Reach Mandvi, check-in, and go for a swim in the sea

Day 6: Mandvi  - Ahmedabad

  • 0800 hrs - Start from Mandvi towards Ahmedabad for the longest ride of the trip

  • 1800 hrs - Reach Ahmedabad 

  • 2000 hrs - Go out partying to celebrate the successful completion of the ride

Day 7: Buffer Day / Departure Day

  • 1900 hrs - Depart to Hometowns

One of the natural marvels of India, the frontier of salt, the Rann of Kutch. Formed when the land rose out of the sea, the Rann is a marshland and a salt desert that comes to life during the wintermonths, with the migration of the flamingos, and the Rann Utsav festival.


Day 1: Ahmedabad - Adalaj - Patan - Modhera - Zainabad


Day 1 sees us riding from Ahmedabad towards Patan, visiting the Adalaj stepwell along the way. The ride from Ahmedabad to Patan is very smooth, with Gujarat's road system helping us make quick work of today's ride.


The Adalaj Stepwell is a popular tourist attraction of the city and is situated 18 kilometres (11 mi) away from Ahmedabad. The well was built in 1499 A.D. by Queen Rudabai. The step well or Vav, as it is called in Gujarati, is intricately carved and is several stories deep. The carvings on its walls and pillars include leaves, flowers, birds, fish, geometrical patterns, and other breathtaking ornamental designs. In the past, these step wells were frequented by travellers and caravans as stopovers along trade routes.


After checking the Adalaj Stepwell out, we ride towards Patan where along the way we cross the Tropic of Cander twice, this definitely being a photo-worthy moment for every biker.


Patan's Rani ki Vav is the finest and one of the largest examples of its kind and designed as an inverted temple highlighting the sanctity of water, the stepwell is divided into seven levels of stairs with sculptural panels; more than 500 principal sculptures and over a thousand minor ones combine religious, mythological and secular imagery.


We end the day with a visit to the Modhera Sun Temple. The Sun Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the solar deity Surya located at Modhera village of Mehsana district, Gujarat, India. It is situated on the bank of the river Pushpavati. It was built after 1026-27 CE during the reign of Bhima I of the Chaulukya dynasty. No worship is offered now and is protected monument maintained by Archaeological Survey of India. The temple complex has three components: Gudhamandapa, the shrine hall; Sabhamandapa, the assembly hall and Kunda, the reservoir. The halls have intricately carved exterior and pillars. The reservoir has steps to reach the bottom and numerous small shrines.


We end the day by checking in to our resort on the edges of the Little Rann of Kutch. 


Day 2: Zainabad - Bhuj


Day 2 takes us, if the weather permits, through the Little Rann of Kutch, where we ride in the desert surrounded by nothingness for 80km before we even see signs of civlisation. This is one of the soul-searching experiences if done solo, where there is real risk of getting lost if not sticking to the milestones buried in the desert sand.


The desert of the Little Rann gives way to pristing highways which take us on our way to Bhuj - the base for all Rann Utsav departures.


Tonight, we explore the city of Bhuj, grabbing some delicious delicacies in the old city. Today's task will be to hunt for non-vegetarian food in the vegetarian state of Gujarat.


Day 3: Bhuj - Kalo Dungar - Hodka


We start riding early, in the morning chill before the sun starts to cook us. The destination for today is Kalo Dungar - black top in Gujarati. This is the highest point of the Rann of Kutch, which offers pristine views of the salt desert in all directions upto the horizon.


After spending a few hours on the hill filling our cameras with photos, we descend towards the White Rann (The Great Rann of Kutch), where the Rann Utsav is happening. 


The day is left to explore the Utsav, buy handicrafts, indulge in local delicacies, and much more.


We retire for the night in the local village of Hodka, enjoying the breathtaking out-of-world experience of a full moon on the white desert.


Day 4: Hodka - Lakhpat


We travel further westwards from Hokda, passing through hamlet after hamlet in the desert, we ride for another 3 to 4 hours navigating the narrow paths of the less taken roads, to reach Lakhpat.


Lakhpat is the last place in India where Guru Nanak stayed before continuing his journey towards Mecca. Lakhpat was a bustling trade port in the ancient days, but today is a ghost town with very few dilapidated buildings standing.


We spend the night in the Gurudwara, taking part in the langar and kar seva of the holy place.


Day 5: Lakhpat - Mandvi


Day 5 takes us from Lakhpat towards Narayan Sarovar, a holy place for Hindus. Narayan Sarovar is one of the Panch-Sarovars, or five lakes of Hinduism, of which even Manasarovar is one.


After a visit to Narayan Sarovar, and the Shiva Temple on the sea, we ride towards Mandvi through narrow lanes surrouded by windmills all around.


Mandvi is a small town by the Gulf of Kutch, with one the calmest seas you will ever see. The sea is not very deep here, and the waves are very gentle, allowing anyone to spend some time in the water. Mandvi beach also sees some activities like ATV rides, camel rides, etc. and also is home to a wide variety of snacks to pass the evening.


Sunset from Mandvi is a must-watch.


Day 6: Mandvi  - Ahmedabad


The last day of the ride, sees the longest ride of the trip. We ride from Mandvi to Ahmedabad on the super highways of Gujarat, which help make the 400 odd km ride look doable.


The entire day today will be a testament to the rider's and the machine's endurance and will speak volumes of how good a rider you are.


The plan is to reach Ahmedabad by 1800 hrs and have some fun in the city shopping and resto-hopping tasting the various local delicacies of the city.


Day 7: Buffer Day / Departure Day


The last day is used as a buffer day in case of emergencies or plan deviations. Most flights out of Ahmedabad fly in the evening, and that gives us ample time to cover emergencies, return motorcycles, and get some well needed bit of rest after the ride to the Rann of Kutch.

Detailed Itinerary

Inclusions

  1. Motorcycle Rental (Royal Enfield 350 cc) (on a 2 bike - 3 pax sharing basis)

  2. All Accommodation

  3. Organiser Charges

  4. All govt. charges & taxes

  5. Payment Gateway Charges

Exclusions

  1. All food costs

  2. All fuel costs

  3. Any extra charges borne in case of plan deviations (as decided by Travel Lead)

  4. Anything not included in Inclusions

What to Carry?

Mandatory Carry

  1. A full-face helmet (flip or non-flip model) (for both rider and pillion)

  2. Head scarf / bandana / do-tag

  3. Mask to protect the face while riding

  4. Moisturiser 

  5. Water Bottles - 2 to 3 litre capacity

  6. Waste Bag (you can bring anything that you can use to carry your waste)

  7. High ankle boots for riding

  8. Flip-flops / slippers / sandals for the nights

  9. Woollens for the cold

  10. All documents for self

  11. Any such document that the local authorities may prescribe at a future date after booking has been made.

Optional Carry

  1. Snacks

  2. Swimwear for the beach at Mandvi

  3. Torch for the nights

  4. Sunglasses for the glare

Type

Motorcycle Rides

Moderate

Difficulty

Ahmedabad

Base

Best Time

Oct - Feb

Duration

One Week Plan

Max. Altitude

462 m / 1515 ft

Min. Age

18

Location

Gujarat

Price Starts from

₹18550